Bacon Wrapped Dates

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano Recipe

18 slices hickory smoked bacon
36 dates, whole
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
pinch salt & pepper
36 toothpicks

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the bacon slices on top of the foil. Place in the oven until 75 percent cooked (about 12 to 14 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool enough to handle. Keep the oven on at the same temperature.

Cut bacon in half and wrap each date with a half slice of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Put the wrapped dates in an oven safe dish or pan and set aside while preparing the sauce.

Place balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Pour sauce into dish or pan with the wrapped dates and bake in oven for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully place the wrapped dates on a serving dish or in a cast iron skillet. Pour the sauce over the wrapped dates. Serve immediately.

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